In the increasingly competitive world of venture capital, it pays to be helpful—literally. To get in on the best deals, VCs need to be seen as smart, insightful and supportive. And since VCs are all about scale, what better way to do that than a blog?
This is good news for entrepreneurs, because despite the bad rep that the venture industry gets (these guys are technically in finance after all) VCs occasionally know what they’re talking about. Whether you’re looking for recruiting strategies, pricing models, a glimpse into an industry’s future or tips for pitching, odds are that a VC has a post for it.
The picks here are based on a very unscientific method—my own judgment of bloggers’ frequency and content quality. (Posts that lack any evergreen value whatsoever, like those celebrating the funding of a portfolio company, do not count in either case.) For this reason I left off some more popular names, like Dave McClure and David Hornik, in favor of lesser-known VCs who have posted better content more regularly. The list here is weighted in favor of smart analysis or directly applicable advice rather than anecdotes and assertions.
For those of you who follow the space closely, many of the names in the full list below will likely be familiar. But here are a couple that might be new:
Tomasz Tunguz – ex post facto
Tunguz, a principal at Redpoint Ventures, relies on short, punchy posts to get his point across. His penchant for expressing ideas in terms of frameworks (see: “The Three Phases of Startup Sales” or “The Five Characteristic of an Ideal SaaS Company”) makes for effective, easily digestible pieces.